International Wine Challenge: Bronze 2008
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005 is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine drink well through 2025.
D’Arenberg’s most famous wine is its flagship, The Dead Arm Shiraz. The 2005 The Dead Arm Shiraz is sourced from ancient head-pruned vines. It was aged for 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak. It is opaque purple/black with an expansive perfume of toast, smoke, spice box, mineral, pencil lead, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, opulent, and super-concentrated, this structured, lengthy wine will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025.
Jay Miller on Oct 1st, 2007
d'Arenberg's business savvy d’Arry Osborn and flamboyant winemaker Chester Osborn are the father/son double-act that makes this McLaren Vale estate flourish. Founded in 1912 by teetotal Joseph Osborn, it is a century old property that now boasts 200 hectares of its own vines producing more than 50 labels with the help of 150 employees. Small it is not, but great wines offering excellent value across its entire portfolio is what it does very well. With fun and catchy names for its labels that include both reds and whites, little has actually changed in the way these great value wines are made.
In the vineyards, absolutely no fertilisers are used. In the winery, all of the wines are basket pressed, the original open top fermenters dating back to 1927 are still in use and foot treading is still common. Fining as well as filtration are purposely avoided for the depth of McLaren Vale fruit to shine through, and less well known is the fact that all of the wines are vegan and vegetarian friendly. Chester’s ebullient personality has international fame as does his red winemaking for which the outstanding Dead Arm Shiraz and Ironstone Pressings have won numerous plaudits. Using 100% McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit, The Dead Arm embodies the archetypal style of an assertive South Australian red swimming with sweet black fruit, chocolate, smoke, mint, eucalyptus, and liquorice notes.
McLaren Vale is situated south of The Barossa Valley in South Eastern Australia. The local climates vary enormously according to altitude and exposure to the cooling sea breezes. Red grapes flourish here due to the warm climate and varied soil type and the region is best known for soft and juicy Shiraz, old-vine Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean climate with four clear seasons. We can highly recommend the producers Kay Brothers, Clarendon Hills and Shirvington Estate from whom we have some fantastic wines.
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